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YPC Profiles

Wesley Kondwani BANDA

Full name(s) and surname: Wesley Kondwani Banda                                                            

Position: Engineer

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

  • I am an innovative thinker; I will bring new ideas in a different spectrum.
  • I am a self-motivated and hardworking individual I will make sure tasks are achieved with excellent quality
  • I have good leadership skills and I will surely keep the team motivated and working towards great achievements
  • I will bring initiatives and ideas to make SAIMM grow and be competitive in the engineering field

Gangatha DABULA

Full name(s) and surname: Gangatha Dabula

Position: Mining Engineer

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

I really enjoy mentoring young graduates and other young individuals that are considering a career in mining so I see myself contributing in setting up a strategy and planning initiatives to give more young people exposure to the mining and engineering profession.

I could also assist with best practice when it comes to implementing mine planning strategies and I would also like to help steer South African mining policy with my peers through engagement with other stakeholders in the mining industry (Chamber of Mines, DMR, NUM).
Interactions/activities that you currently participate in within the SAIMM (if applicable):

I am involved in the SAIMM Young Professionals council and am championing the Enterprise Development Working Group.

Samantha MAHARAJH

Full name(s) and surname:  Samantha Maharajh

Position:  Senior Engineer – Value in Use

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

To create awareness on challenges experienced in the mining industry and actively look for solutions to benefit the industry and profession.

Talha MAHOMEDY

Full name and surname: Talha Mahomedy

Position:

UKZN Undergraduate BSc Engineering Geology & Mineral and Ore Deposits
UKZN Westville SRC President
UKZN Geological Students Society Chairperson

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

Given my current expertise and experience being in leadership at University and leading a Geological Society on University I see myself contributing to the Education Group of the YPC. Taking that into consideration I will be able to fulfil the goals of the Education Working Group of the YPC.

Neo Theodora MAKHALEMELE

Full name(s) and surname: Neo Theodora Makhalemele

Position: Senior Chemical Engineer, Minerals Processing, Mintek

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

I am passionate about education and determined to contribute significantly towards alleviating poverty in South African communities through career guidance initiatives. I am also particularly concerned about initiatives that would assist with retention of skill-sets within technical fields of engineering. In past years a large number of young people have enrolled towards engineering qualifications it is however proving difficult for industry to retain these valuable skill-sets once they have entered into the work environment. I am also willing to give of my service in which ever area the council requires me to fulfil

Zacharia Moshoana MARUMA

Full name(s) and surname:  ZACHARIA MOSHOANA MARUMA

Position: SHIFT OVERSEER - PRODUCTION

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

I see myself adding value to the working groups in achieving their missions and targets. I will bring my unique experience to serve young SAIMM members and recent graduates in the industry.

Vulani Gladwin MASEKO

Full name(s) and surname:  Vulani Gladwin Maseko

Position:  Consultant at Venmyn Deloitte .

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

As part of the 2015/2016 Young Professionals Council (YPC), I already have an understanding of the purpose and structures of the organisation. As the secretary of the YPC and champion for the Career Guidance Focus Group, I look forward to continuing to improve the organizational structures of the YPC and seeing through the execution of the initiatives that we have identified, which are aimed at promoting the interests of young professionals.

Tshepo Matsape MMOLA

Full names and surname: Tshepo Matsape Mmola

Position: Lecturer – University of Johannesburg

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

  • Advocacy and promotion of young professionals
  • Planning and organising YPC activities
  • Fundraising for the Scholarship Trust Fund (STF)

Siyamazi Zamagatsheni NDLOVU

Full name(s) and surname:  Siyamazi Zamagatsheni Ndlovu

Position: Engineering Geologist/ Geotechnical Engineer

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

I’ve been involved in the SRK sustainable social development initiative, which entails career guidance for under privileged youths. For the past two years I have participated in career day talks in the Limpopo province to encourage secondary school students to peruse studies in the fields of sciences and engineering.  I would like to carry on with this on a larger platform like the YPC would give me and reach a larger group of kids/University students, especially females. Being involved in the YPC Education working group would allow me to bring a female perspective and voice that other young girls who are thinking of joining the mining industry can relate to. I can share my experiences and somewhat mentor females coming out of university into the industry on how to deal with issues that a women may face.  I’m passionate about the integration of females in the mining industry and spreading knowledge about professional institutions like SAIMM that we as female should be part of.

Nkosingiphile Lucky NENE

Full name(s) and surname: Nkosingiphile Lucky Nene

Position: Associate – GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING with AECOM AFRICA

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

Draw from almost 10 year experience in the industry and assist young professionals through mentorship, guidance and support. Facilitate and provide leadership on matters that affect young people across the mining and related industries.
Remain an active member of the organisation and make myself available for any related task as and when I am called to so and when possible.

Adeodatus Sihesenkosi NHLEKO

Full Name: Sihe Nhleko

Qualifications: BSc. (Eng) Mining, MSc (Eng.) Mining, MSAIMM.

Brief career history:

Sihe has over 6 years’ experience in the Mining Industry. His experience spans narrow reef underground mining. He has worked in various roles from Underground Miner through to Shift Supervisor. He specializes in mineral project financial valuations. He has been involved in projects that were successfully implemented in conventional and mechanized platinum operations. He is currently a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand (School of Mining Engineering) and his interest is in mine financial valuations and, mine planning and mine optimisation under uncertainty.

Takalani RANDIMA

Full name(s) and surname: Takalani Randima

Position:  Snr Contracts Manager

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

I will offer career guidance at schools, assist the university where necessary or required. Participate in mentorship programmes and also participate in influencing other relevant bodies.  I can also participate in the work groups in terms of entrepreneurial activities.

Israel SIBISI

Full name(s) and surname: Israel Sibisi

Position: Occupational Hygiene and Ventilation Superintendent- Assmang, Black Rock Mine Operations

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM?:

Since 2005 to 2007, I was involved in community projects focusing on Maths and Science.
Since 2012 to date I’m involved with Student mentoring from Unisa, Tuks and Anglo American Platinum.
With that said, I believe that my involvement into the YPC and SAIMM I can contribute positively. I have noted with concern that people in the Kalahari region where I’m currently stationed have little or no SAIMM knowledge and activities.

Lucky ZOMBENE

Position: University Student

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM? :

I will help with the contribution of ideas, strategies and efforts which can bring about significant and desired outcomes for the betterment of the graduates in the mining and metallurgical industries. I will be an effective tool in driving and ensuring that the mandate of the SAIMM and the YPC becomes a success, and with the support and consent of the SAIMM mother body, I will be able to carry out tasks that will be of benefit to the YPC as well as the SAIMM. I will approach and communicate with organizations in a manner prescribed by the SAIMM/YPC. I will motivate the need for mining houses to offer practical and graduate opportunities to graduates and students who are in need of such opportunities. I will also motivate students to become student members of the SAIMM since this is crucial for their professional career development.
I will strategize, organise and report back on the initiatives presented to and approved by the SAIMM YPC for the furthering of the training and development needs of young professionals. I will abide by the rules and laws of the YPC and the SAIMM.